Judge Upholds Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

NEWARK, N.J. (November 9, 2013) U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson has upheld a New Jersey law barring therapists from trying to turn gay youth straight.

In a ruling issued Friday, Wolfson said the law does not violate free speech or religious protection.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed the ban on gay conversion therapy in August.

California is the first and only other state to ban the practice and a federl appeals court upheld California's law in August.

On Monday, a couple filed a separate lawsuit saying the New Jersey law violated their rights to religion, free speech and right to equal protection under the law.

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